According to industry experts, almost 90% of liquefied petroleum (LP) gas fires in homes involve ignition by some form of equipment. The most common LPG or propane explosion or fire is from open-fired grills, hot water heaters and stoves. In the United States, LP-gas for residential use is almost exclusively propane. In 1998, there were 1,600 LP-gas fires in U.S. homes, resulting in 41 deaths, 260 injuries and $30.8 million in direct property damage. The leading cause of LP-gas fires from 1994-1998 was appliance defect or failure, part failure, propane tank or line leak or break. Source: NFPA’s U.S. Home Product Report: Forms and Types of Materials First Ignited in Fires, December 2001 Propane, Butane & LP Gas Safety Tips * Handle any propane-powered equipment cautiously and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. *Cylinder tanks for equipment such as stoves and ovens must be located outside of the home. *Never store or use propane gas cylinders larger than one pound inside the home. *Never operate a propane-powered gas grill inside the home. *Have propane gas equipment inspected periodically by a professional for possible leaks or malfunctioning parts. *Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions when lighting a pilot. *If you smell a strong odor of gas, leave the area immediately and call the fire department from outside the home. LPG, Propane & Natural Gas Explosion & Fire Lawsuits If you or a loved one have suffered serious injuries, burns or a loved one has been killed as a result of a gas explosion, then you need to have the accident facts investigated to determine if the natural gas supplier may have been negligent or at fault. Additionally in some cases a defective product or appliance such as a outdoor grill, stove, heater, tank, line or valve may be to blame. If so, a full investigation will be needed to document the scene and preserve the evidence. Call the Willis Law Firm for Help. Mr. Willis is a Board Certified Personal Injury Trial Lawyer that is certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is licensed in Texas and in New York. Nationwide Help is Available. Call Now for a Free Confidential Consultation at 1-800-883-9858.
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